The Gujarat Forest Department has initiated an inquiry into an alleged incident of cruelty to a sick and helpless lioness by an unidentified man in Gir forest in the state, which is home to more than 400 Asiatic lions.
A two-month-old Asiatic lion cub, who had fallen into a well at a village outside the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat`s Junagadh district, was rescued and also reunited with its mother, forest officials said.
An Asiatic lion was electrocuted to death allegedly by a farmer in Moti Monpuri village in Visavad taluka of Junagadh district within the Gir forest range, Deputy Conservator of Forests, West Division, Gir Forest, K Ramesh said.
Sasan town in Junagadh
district, famous for Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, today observed a
half day bandh to protest against forest deparment`s failure
of saving a lion which died after falling down from a bridge.
The lion which was rescued
recently from a circus owner in Muzaffarnagar district of
Uttar Pradesh was on Saturday shifted to Nahargarh Rescue Centre
here under Rajasthan Forest Department, official sources said.